Asia Week New York focuses on promoting Asian art and culture in New York City. Major auction houses that specialize in Asian art, world-renowned museums, and Asian cultural institutions in the greater New York Area come together to celebrate the contributions of Asian art and design to the wider art world. This annual celebration takes place mid-march at venues all over NYC. We at Agora strongly support Asian art and artists, and in honor of Asia Week, here are some of our fantastic contemporary artists from all over East Asia.
“I started to study Japanese calligraphy at the age of 6. I attended passionately for 7 years until I moved to Tokyo. I think that the origin of my creative activity lies in those 7 years.”
See Ken Wada’s work at Agora Gallery from April 1 – April 21, 2016 in East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia.
“I found that, when I looked at natural objects such as flowers, grasses, leaves and trees, I began to see them as shapes based on lines, which combined to produce a sense of harmony.”
See Su-Jeong Nam’s work at Agora Gallery from April 1 – April 21, 2016 in East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia.
“I express myself in the form Kasen-e, a little-known art form, as a way to bring the treasures of the ancient Japanese classic “The Tale of Genji” to a modern audience. Kasen-e combines three elements into a single picture: the painted scene, the poem, and the calligraphy.”
“Drawing is for me the action by which one line brings the next line, until something grows, trying to take its shape on the canvas.”
“I try to merge elements of Western and Eastern pop culture together, juxtaposing the nuances between the two cultures, forcing viewers to widen their worldview and be more receptive to cultural differences.”
“My main focus in paintings is on color and line, and I concentrate particularly on presenting human emotions through these abstract expressions.”
See Takashi Kogawa’s work at Agora Gallery from April 1 – April 21, 2016 in East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia.
“My style is both realistic and expressive, which makes it easier for viewer to take in. Also the strong Chinese painting influence makes me good at using genitive spaces, which gives breath to the paintings.”
“I feel in general that the presence of negativity in the world only makes the beauty of life and the objects we encounter even greater, forming a part of the magnificent whole.”
See Koya’s work at Agora Gallery from April 1 – April 21, 2016 in East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia.
“Through my work, I hope to help the viewer gain happiness, wisdom, and peace. It has been my mission to enhance the quality of life of those around me and increase the elegance in the world, especially in this chaotic time.”
“I want to communicate through my paintings where I can be free from time and space. On canvas, I can be anywhere, anytime and meet someone I miss.”
“Born in 1994 in Mainland China, I moved to Vancouver, Canada when I was 14 years old. Living in a different part of the world changed my point of view and gave me the chance to get in touch with art.”
“I continuously seek to promote Chinese painting as a unique Asian art in its existence and its development in America. I hope my dream will come true in this multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment.”
“My Chinese paintings are deeply influenced by Chinese folk art. However, it is the Bible that has most inspired me in my work. Its wisdom and poetic grandeur has filled me with ideas and visions for art.”
“The uniqueness of Chinese traditional writing and ink painting is the cultural gene deeply inside my works. The blending of Chinese and western culture strongly evolves my personal painting style once and again, which finally inspires the expression of inner feelings.”